DIYAPASON-L Digest #108 - Friday, June 9, 2000
Pipe Tray Storage Racks
  by "Larry Chace" <>

(back) Subject: Pipe Tray Storage Racks From: "Larry Chace" <> Date: Fri, 09 Jun 2000 13:38:23 -0400   In my continuing (and so far successful) efforts to avoid actually doing any real work on the residence organ, I've been building some racks for storing pipe trays. A friend suggested that the design might be of some (small?) interest to others.   First, let me explain that the pipe tray's I'm using are pretty much a common design. They consist of a sheet of 1/4" plywood (or other similar cheap material) 2' wide and 6' long. (A few trays are only 4' long.) The =   sides are simple rectangles of 1*4, 1*6, or 1*8 lumber. I have *not* chosen to follow the suggestions about placing a few 1*2 strips on the = very bottom, both the reinforce the bottoms and to provide a means for keeping =   a stack of trays from shifting end-to-end.   I've simply stacked my trays, which works well to keep critters out but make it quite difficult to gain access to the pipes without first moving all of the trays above the one in question (always at or near the bottom = of the stack).   This project is to build a framework that will hold the trays, converting them into "drawers" that can be moved independently.   The framework consists of 3 pairs of uprights, 2*4 lumber with holes for 1/2" EMT (thin-walled steel electrical conduit). The holes are centered 2-3/4" apart and are 3/4" in diameter. This space works fairly well as a "modular" approach. The pairs are located 1', 3' and 5' from one end of the stack of trays, so that you can slide a tray out a good distance and still have it supported by at least 2 of the conduits. I space the uprights 24-1/2" apart (side-to-side) so that the trays have a little = space on either side.   On the bottom, each pair of uprights is attached to a piece of 2*4 lumber 27-1/2" wide; this helps distribute the weight a little, since these trays =   are stored on the second floor of a small barn. The tops of the uprights are attached to some convenient roof framing, but other methods would also =   work.   I'm building two frameworks, sufficient to hold 20 or so trays, and spaced =   about 1' apart to give an area for storing sheets of plywood or other such =   material. The biggest problems with this design are (1) the need to bore lots of 3/4" holes in the uprights, all the time knowing that you'll be using only about half of them at most; (2) the need to move the present stacks of trays to make room to assemble the frameworks; (3) the trays are =   all open on top, and so small critters can easily get in. On the other hand, it is very nice to be able to get to the pipes you want when you = want them and without having to round up some weightlifters.   Larry Chace